The Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance (MARA) is used to treat class II malocclusions. Class II malocclusions are characterized by protrusion of the upper front teeth or a lower jaw and or teeth that are positioned back in regard to the upper jaw and or teeth. Using MARA, class II malocclusions are treated more effectively and in a reduced length of treatment time.
The appliance is secured to the patient’s first molars via stainless steel crowns. The appliance cannot be removed by the patient.
The upper “elbows” can be removed, which facilitates comfort and advanced adjustments. The appliance can be advanced on one side or both sides.
Sore spots are minimal and you should be able to chew normally within two weeks. We recommend you eat soft foods initially. Do not chew on the elbows. Avoiding candy, hard foods, etc. throughout treatment to prevent breakage.
MARA is generally worn between 15 to 18 months but improvements are noticed almost immediately.